Google's Chrome browser may have been a late starter – it was only released in 2008 – but it's already the most widely used browser in the world. That's not really all that surprising as it's fast, stable and packed with features.

Some of its best features aren’t immediately obvious, but by following our expert tips you'll be able to get to grips with its more advanced features in no time at all - watch the video above and see the full list below.

Chrome is a good alternative if you are using Windows 10 and aren’t happy with the Microsoft Edge browser. Find out more in our guide: How to change your default browser on Windows 10.


Tip 1: Search by highlighting a word

Shortcuts for Google Chrome

Have you seen a word or phrase on a webpage that you want to know more about? No problem. You can search for it quickly by highlighting the word or words on the page before right-clicking on them with your mouse.

In the pop-up menu that appears, Chrome offers the option to Search Google for your word(s) which will do a web search for you, without having to copy and paste.


Tip 2: Quickly re-open a closed tab

Shortcuts for Google Chrome

You know that annoying feeling when you've accidently closed a tab you didn’t mean to? With Chrome that's no longer a problem. Just right click on an empty area of the top title bar and chose Reopen Closed Tab to retrieve it. Alternatively, you can achieve the same result by holding down Ctrl, Shift and T.

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Tip 3: Zooming in

Shortcuts for Google Chrome

You can quickly zoom in or out on pages that you've got open in Chrome by holding down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and then rolling your mouse wheel backwards or forwards.

If you're using a laptop, you can do the same thing just by pinching your fingers together on the pad or pulling them apart.


Tip 4:  Quick answers for questions and calculations

Shortcuts for Google Chrome

The address bar in Chrome does a lot more than handle web addresses and search. You can get quick results for calculations or conversion just by typing them into this box.

You can ask some basic questions too, such as ‘When did Elvis die?’ and the date will appear for you without having to navigate away from the page you’re on.


Tip 5: Going incognito

Shortcuts for Google Chrome

Chrome has a secret browsing mode called Incognito. You can open an Incognito window by holding down Ctrl, Shift + N at once.  An 'undercover agent' graphic is shown in the top left hand corner of the screen to show this mode is active.

When using Incognito mode Chrome doesn't store any browsing history, search history or cookies – all traces of your browsing vanish after you close the Incognito window. Very handy if you need to look up an embarrassing illness or search for a birthday present for a partner on a shared computer.


Tip 6: Give Chrome a makeover

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You can customise the look of Chrome by choosing a different theme. Just click on the icon that looks like three horizontal lines to the right of the address bar and choose Settings from the drop-down list. Now under Appearance click on Get Themes to see a list of the themes that you can add to Chrome.


Tip 7: Use your voice to search Google

Shortcuts for Google Chrome

If you're feeling lazy and can’t be bothered to tap search terms into Chrome, try using your voice instead.

Just go to Google in the browser and instead of typing in a search term click on the microphone icon. As long as you have a microphone attached or built-in, your computer will now listen to what you say and translate the results into a text search.


Tip 8: Open a tab in a specific area of the tab bar

Shortcuts for Google Chrome

You probably already know that you can right-click on a link and choose to open it in a new tab, but what you may not realise is that you can open a tab in a specific place on the tab bar.

Just click and drag the link to the location in the bar where you want the tab to sit and you'll see an arrow indicating where it will open. Let go of the mouse button and the tab will open in that specific location.

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Tip 9: Pin tabs to the tab bar

Shortcuts for Google Chrome

Chrome has a neat feature that allows you to pin tabs to the tab bar. It's great for pages that you don’t want to close while browsing, such as your email page.

To Pin a tab all you have to do is right click on the page's tab and select Pin Tab from the pop-up menu. When you pin a tab it appears as a small icon and is locked to the left of the bar.


Tip 10: We go way back

Shortcuts for Google Chrome

A cool feature of Chrome is that the back button doesn’t just allow you to step back to the last page, it can also show you a list of the previous pages that you've visited. It's handy if you want to jump directly to a page even if you visited it three or four pages ago.

Just click and hold on the back button to see a list of the last few pages you've visited. Select one to jump directly to that individual page.

Have you tried any of the Google Chrome shortcuts? What do you think of them? Let us know in the Comments section below.